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Human bones found in an ancient
Greek tomb belonged to at least five
individuals, including an elderly woman
and a child, officials say.
The Greek culture minister said
there would be further tests on the
finds at Amphipolis, near Thessaloniki,
to see if they were related.
The discovery of bones has led to
intense speculation surrounding the
Experts have suggested it might
belong to one of his generals or a
Some 550 bone fragments were
found and so far 157 of them have
been matched to the humans. There
were also animal remains inside the
It is not clear when each of the five
individuals died, when they were
buried or whether the tomb had been
built for all of them.
The excavations at Amphipolis
uncovered three vaulted chambers
behind a facade decorated with two
big marble sphinxes.
The tomb is thought to date from
325BC, shortly before Alexander the
Great's death, and 300BC.. (BBC)
Greece Amphipolis: 'Five bodies' at Alexander-era tomb
The highest-level US delegation to
Cuba in 35 years began talks yesterday
aimed at restoring diplomatic relations
and eventually opening up full trade
and travel ties between two adversaries
locked in Cold War-era hostilities.
The two days of meetings are the
first since US President Barack Obama
and Cuban President Raul Castro
announced on December 17 they had
reached a historic breakthrough after
18 months of secret negotiations.
Obama has set the United States on
a path toward removing economic sanc-
tions and a 53-year-old trade embargo
against the communist-ruled island.
"We are ending a policy that was
long past its expiration date. When what
you re doing doesn t work for 50 years,
it s time to try something new," he told
Congress in his annual State of the
Union address on Tuesday.
He also urged Congress to start work
on ending the embargo but critics at
home say Obama first needs to win
concessions from Cuba s communist
government on political prisoners and
democratic rights, the claims of US cit-
izens whose property was nationalised
after Cuba s 1959 revolution, and US
fugitives who have been given asylum
Talks focused on immigration issues
yesterday and will turn to restoring
diplomatic ties today.
Both sides are also expected to outline
The senior Cuban foreign ministry
official drew a distinction between
restoring diplomatic ties and the broader
issue of normalizing relations.
"Cuba isn t normalising relations
with the United States. Cuba is re-
establishing diplomatic relations with
the United States. The normalisation
of relations is a much longer process
and much more complicated process,"
the official told reporters. (Reuters)
German newspapers carrying the photo of Lutz Bachmann with his moustache, yesterday. BBC PHOTO
Sanaa---Yemen s president and
Shiite militia reached a nine-point
agreement yesterday under which
the militia are to withdraw from
government buildings in return
for concessions over a draft con-
stitution, state media said.
The Huthi militia vowed to
vacate the presidential palace,
seized on Tuesday, and to free
President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi s
chief of staff as part of a deal also
agreed by other factions, said Saba
news agency, which published the
text of the document.
In return, it will now be "pos-
sible to amend" a draft constitution
stipulating the division of Yemen
into six federal regions that the
Huthis opposed, the agency said.
"The draft constitution should
be agreed upon by all factions,"
according to the deal, and Yemen
"will be a federal state in accor-
dance with the outcome of the
National talks were held in
Yemen as stipulated by a UN-
backed agreement that eased for-
mer president Ali Abdullah Saleh
from office in 2012 after a year of
deadly protests. Turning the coun-
try into a federal state was one
outcome of the national talks.
The agreement also pledges to
treat Huthis, known officially as
Ansarullah, and other disgruntled
factions equally in the allocation
of public posts.
"These measures will be imple-
mented immediately," it added.
The meeting with Hadi included
his advisors who represent some
of Yemen s factions, as well as
Yemen leader, Shiite militia deal to end crisis
The head of Germany s "anti-
Islamisation" movement has quit
after a photo showing him appar-
ently posing as Hitler was pub-
lished in newspapers.
Lutz Bachmann is also being
investigated by prosecutors over
disparaging comments about
refugees attributed to him by Ger-
He stepped down as thousands
of people gathered in the eastern
city of Leipzig for the Pegida
movement s latest rally.
Bachmann has apologised for
his "ill-considered" remarks.
A Pegida spokeswoman sought
to play down the "Hitler" photo
as a "joke".
But the German government
condemned it. Vice-Chancellor
Sigmar Gabriel told Bild: "Anyone
in politics who poses as Hitler is
either a total idiot or a Nazi. Rea-
sonable people do not follow idiots,
and decent people don t follow
Pegida has focused on Leipzig
after police banned a protest by
the movement in Dresden on
Monday over reports of an assas-
sination plot against the move-
ment s leaders.
A spokesman for state prose-
cutors in Dresden, the east German
city which has been the focus of
Pegida rallies this winter, told
Reuters news agency that prelim-
inary proceedings had been opened
over comments attributed to Bach-
"The suspicion is of incitement
to popular hatred," the spokesman
Bild said Bachmann had called
asylum seekers "animals" and
Bachmann, who denies he is a
racist, apologised for remarks that
he said were "ill-considered com-
ments that I wouldn t make in this
Kathrin Oertel, a fellow founder
of the Pegida movement, said:
"Pegida will go on."
The movement has forced its
way on to the political agenda in
Germany with rallies that have
attracted tens of thousands of peo-
leader quits in 'Hitler' row
Maria Elena Arias Gonzalez reacts with elation to receiving her US visa,
outside the US Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, yesterday. Cuba has so far
offered a guardedly positive reception to President Barack Obama's
loosening of the trade embargo on Cuba, saying it welcomes the full package
of new economic ties on offer, but it insists it will maintain its one-party
political system and centrally planned economy. AP PHOTO
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